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Perhaps the most important benefit of participating in mediation is the ability to "control the outcome." This doesn't mean that one party or another can dictate terms to the other; rather, it means that the parties can, collectively, negotiate and make decisions without having a third party (a judge) impose conditions upon them. Judges have limited time and resources to dedicate to individual cases, even when those cases go to trial, and are likely to apply a "one size fits all" resolution to your matter, regardless of whether or not that resolution meets your family's highly individual needs.
Mediation is an opportunity to apply creative, common-sense solutions that are tailored to the needs of all parties to a Family Court case: wife, husband, parents, children. This opportunity is lost in a courtroom.
Mediation also represents, in most cases, a quicker and more cost-effective solution to a case. The cost savings cannot be overstated. Trials are usually "five figure" affairs, with clients expected to pay for his or her attorney's services in advance. Mediation typically costs somewhere in the $1500-$2000 ballpark. If that sounds expensive to you, you have never participated in a Family Court trial before.
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